Can this Network Configuration be saved?
Posted on 2009-02-19
I am in the middle of a nightmare. We purchased 5 HP Procurve 1700-24 switches which are not stackable and have no layer 3 routing capabilities. We also purchased a Cisco 871 Router with Advanced IP Services firmware.
We want to build a network that has 37 VLANs. Each VLAN needs to be separate from each other, but share a single internet connection.
I have tried to create this by building subinterfaces.
Here are the problems. The Router (Cisco 871) does not support more than 4 VLANs. The switches can support the total number of VLANs but they do not have level 3 capabilities. I called Cisco and they said that the first router to support more than 36 VLANs is the 2801 with a price tag of $3000.00.
So here's what I want to do. I want to put a layer 3 switch in, configure it to route all the different VLANs to a router which is ALSO connected to the layer 3 switch which will then direct the connections to the internet. Did I just make it too complicated? Is there a better way without having to buy all new stuff?
Any good network architecture ideas would be appreciated. All I need is stability and functionality.
Thanks in advance.